Kobe Bryant: Basketball legend dies in helicopter crash .

Kobe Bryant: Basketball legend dies in helicopter crash

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November 21, 2012; Sacramento, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (24) reacts after guard Jodie Meeks (not pictured) missed a jump shot against the Sacramento Kings in the fourth quarter at Sleep Train Arena. The Kings defeated the Lakers 113-97. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-US PRESSWIRE ORG XMIT: USPW-95306 ORIG FILE ID: 20121121_jla_se9_502.jpg

US basketball legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna were among nine people killed in a helicopter crash in the city of Calabasas, California.

Bryant, 41, and Gianna, 13, were travelling in a private helicopter when it came down and burst into flames.

The LA county sheriff said there were no survivors.

Bryant, a five-time NBA champion, played for the LA Lakers throughout his career and is considered one of the greatest players in the game’s history.

Tributes from celebrities and fellow sports stars have been pouring in, many expressing shock at his sudden death. Moments of silence have been observed at basketball games across the US.

Bryant was also remembered at the Grammy Awards, which were held at the Staples Center, the Los Angeles Lakers’ stadium, on Sunday night.

“We’re all feeling crazy sadness right now,” said host Alicia Keys. “Because earlier today Los Angeles, America and the whole wide world lost a hero. We’re literally standing here heartbroken in the house that Kobe Bryant built.”

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